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- n. The concept that an earlier event in one's life can later acquire a meaning.
afterwards + -ness. Coined by Jean Laplanche in his 1998 work Essays on Otherness, as a translation of Sigmund Freud's German term Nachträglichkeit, on the model of the French translation après-coup. (Wiktionary)